Penn State women appear built to last in Big Ten

Three Big Ten teams ranked in top 25
Penn State women appear built to last in Big Ten

Penn State guards Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas carried the Nittany Lions to their first Big Ten championship since 2004, and conference coaches have picked them to repeat.

The Lions are No. 8 in the Associated Press preseason poll after going 26-7 and reaching the NCAA regional semifinals last season.

The frontcourt should be strengthened with the addition of 6-foot-6 high school star Candice Agee of Victorville, Calif.  The Lions also have another premier player in transfer Dara Taylor, who set Maryland’s freshman assist record in 2010-11.

No. 18 Nebraska is picked second. Jordan Hooper and guard Lindsey Moore are among four returning starters. No. 19 Ohio State, led by preseason co-player of the year Tayler Hill, also is expected to contend.